A Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) story. Who truly decides?

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Why has assisted death become so common so quickly in Canada? I was visiting a friend, this weekend, who told me the story of how his neighbour died by Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)—euthanasia–earlier this year. He told me that his and his wife were helping their …

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Woman dying of cancer urges New Zealand to vote NO to euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition As New Zealand debates a euthanasia referendum,  a woman dying of cancer is urging New Zealanders to Vote NO to euthanasia saying people could be coerced into an early death.  The New Zealand Herald reported: Vicki Walsh, who is now 53, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in June …

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Victoria Australia: 124 assisted deaths in the first year of its euthanasia law

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Victoria Australia Assisted Dying Review Board reported that in the first year of its euthanasia law there were 124 assisted deaths. Victoria passed its euthanasia law in November 2017 and instituted the law on June 2019. Reporting for the Age, Melissa Cunningham wrote Ten times more …

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Tasmania bill will allow wide-open euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. Tasmania is an island state of Australia. When debating the legalization of euthanasia or assisted suicide, the specific language of the legislation is often overlooked while people debate the concept of assisted death. The language in the 122 page Tasmania “End of Life Choices bill” which is expected …

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Now that Canada’s parliament is prorogued, what will happen to euthanasia Bill C-7?

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition [EPC] To protect the government from recent scandals and to prepare for a possible fall election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he was proroguing parliament. Technically proroguing parliament “kills” the legislation that has not yet passed.  Canadian tradition permits the government, after prorogation [the government will …

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Nova Scotia woman seeks to prevent her husband’s death by Medical Assistance in Dying (euthanasia)

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) The Nova Scotia media has reported on the case of the woman who is trying to prevent the euthanasia death of her husband of 48 years. A few weeks ago, EPC received a call from a woman who was upset that her husband had been approved …

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Two Japanese doctors charged in the assisted suicide death of woman with ALS

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Japan Times reported Thursday that prosecutors have indicted Yoshikazu Okubo, 42, and Naoki Yamamoto, 43. The two “were arrested in July for allegedly giving Yuri Hayashi (51) a lethal dose of a sedative drug at her home in the city of Kyoto last November. Before her death, the …

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Older, ill and disabled people deserve choice-promoting services, not assisted death.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition John Kelly is a long-time disability rights advocate and writer in Boston and director of the disability rights group Second Thoughts MA. On August 12, he wrote an excellent response in the Recorder newspaper to Joan Milnes’s article “Making a final choice about quality-of-life,” published on July …

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Australian euthanasia promoter, Philip Nitschke, challenged by woman whose father died after receiving suicide advice

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. Even one year later, this story from August 14, 2019 is an inspiration. Too often “right to die” proponents go unchallenged. As reported by Gary Adshead with News9.com.au, a woman, whose father died by suicide after being assisted Dr. Philip Nitschke, challenged Nitschke at a pro-euthanasia …

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Euthanasia leader, Sean Davison, loses his medical license in New Zealand

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Sean Davison, who is the President of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies and a leader of Dignity South Africa, lost his medical license in New Zealand Tuesday. After a two hour deliberation,  the five person panel of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal announced that Davison’s …

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Study: 93% of Belgian physicians support euthanasia of newborns with disabilities

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Recently there has been an awakening concerning the eugenic attitudes of past leaders. Many 20th century leaders, in particular,  believed that the lives of people with disabilities had less value.  Today’s society thinks that it is more enlightened and more supportive of people with disabilities. Yet the study I am …

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Czech government rejects euthanasia bill again

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On July 27, 2020. the Czech Republic government rejected euthanasia for the third time. Previous attempts to legalise euthanasia came in 2008 and 2016. According to an article published by BRNO Daily news: On July 27th, the Czech government blocked another parliamentary effort to legalise euthanasia… The bill …

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